French Onion Soup

by Erica Dinho on December 14, 2009

 French Onion SoupToday’s featured recipe is French Onion Soup, which is one of my favorite soups to eat when out at a restaurant. But this week, however, I decided to recreate this famous soup at home.

When it’s as cold as it has been here lately, soup is one of my favorite things to eat. Is anything better than a combination of onions, broth and toast with melted cheese in a bowl? :). This soup was absolutely delicious, even my husband got a little upset because I didn’t make a vegetarian version for him, poor guy!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients

(4 -6 servings)

  • 4 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 5 cups beef stock
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small loaf French bread, sliced and toasted
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup grated fontina cheese
  • French Onion Soup

Directions

  1. In a medium pot, place the butter and onions over medium heat. Cook the onions for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Add the wine and cook for about 7 minutes more.
  2. Add the beef and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium-low and add the salt and pepper. Simmer for about 25 minutes.
  3. Ladle soup in oven proof bowls or ramekins, top with the toast and add the cheese on top of the bread. Broil until golden, for about 1 minute.
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1 Oysterculture December 14, 2009 at 9:06 AM

French Onion soup is a personal favorite for me, whats not to love an incredible umani experience and the fun of dealing with long strands of cheese and of course good bread to accompany. I look forward to trying out your versions.

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2 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie December 14, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Your homemade french onion soup sounds amazing! Our favorite soup to get while dining out as well and I’ve never yet made it at home!

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3 Angie@Angie's Recipes December 14, 2009 at 9:48 AM

OMG! This onion soup is in a class of its own! Scrumptious!

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4 Kim December 14, 2009 at 9:53 AM

This looks fantastic, Erica! Your little pots are so cute and the cheese looks perfect! Poor hubby…I bet he will be asking for a vegetarian version very soon!

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5 Baking is my Zen December 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Looks divine!!!

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6 Bread and Jam December 14, 2009 at 10:47 AM

This is one of my favorite soups to order out as well! I have yet to try to make it on my own but you have inspired me. Looks so delicious.

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7 KennyT December 14, 2009 at 12:38 PM

The pots u use are so cute! Love the thick layer of cheese on the top of the soup, yum!

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8 Erica December 14, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Thank you guys! I love those little pots too :)

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9 Jorge December 14, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Erica, so sorry to hear you were under the weather…Hope you are feeling much better by now.

You need to know that you and your blog have been the topic of conversation among many ex-patriados and that we really appreciate your efforts in sharing our cuisine with others but above all for helping us recreate the flavors that for many of us are just memories. Mil y Mil Gracias and may I take this opportunity to wish you and your husband Happy Holidays!

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10 Erica December 14, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Jorge- Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! Glad you like the site :)

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11 Simply Life December 14, 2009 at 4:18 PM

oh my, I love this soup and of course, yours looks amazing!!! great photos!!!

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12 Sarah Naveen December 14, 2009 at 5:34 PM

ooh!!! i m drooling..this is one of my fav!!!! looks super yummy..

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13 The Food Hunter December 14, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Your French onion soup looks really good

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14 Erica December 14, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!

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15 karen December 14, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Oh my gosh, this looks so good. I made French onion soup once – several years ago and it was delicious. I don’t know why I haven’t made it since! We’re eating a lot of soup this winter, so this is on my list! Beautiful photos!

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16 Chris December 14, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Sigh. I absolutely love french onion soup. Well executed and beautifully photographed.

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17 Velva December 14, 2009 at 10:53 PM

I love preparing French Onion Soup-Such a simple meal and very satisfying. Yours look fabulous! Stay warm.

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18 Vinolia December 15, 2009 at 4:32 AM

nice yummy rich version of the french onion soup, looks cheesy delicious!!!

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19 Barbara December 15, 2009 at 6:46 AM

I’m going to pass this recipe on to my sister- it is her very favorite soup. Unfortunately, it does not agree with me, although just looking at it makes me drool. Boo hoo.

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20 Taste Traveller December 15, 2009 at 7:47 AM

Oooh! I made this in my French cooking class last month – the recipe called for a bit of thyme but was otherwise pretty much the same. Yours certainly looks much prettier – the pots are gorgeous.

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21 Chef E December 15, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Beautiful is an understatement…the pots, the soup, the presentation…Wow’zer! I love soup, and this one is one of my favorites!

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22 Ivy December 15, 2009 at 12:11 PM

A beautifully tasty soup! Great combo!

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23 danielle December 29, 2009 at 3:17 PM

How funny….I made French Onion Soup the other night. Except mine came out too salty :(…and I noticed that your recipe doesn’t call for salt so next time I will have to omit that ingredient. Love the all that melty cheese on top!

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24 Paula March 2, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Erica, Thanks for the recipe. I followed all of your directions. No changes. It was delicious.

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25 Anonymous May 17, 2010 at 9:31 AM

This is the best onion soup I’ve ever had…..delicious and easy to make.

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26 Chris October 11, 2010 at 12:51 AM

A true french classic, another dish I could eat gallons of LOL. I love the fact that it’s a true and traditional soup. As much as I would love to make it fresh like that, a shortcut my mom and I used (french-canadian mom) we would buy the campbells french onion soup, and then just get a good bread and some provolone and do it that way. It would just be a bit easier to make. Soups still came out great, but this recipe is definately restaurant quality.

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